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WTA not returning to China in 2022, wants resolution to Peng Shuai case

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) continues to be working to discover a resolution to the standoff with China over the Peng Shuai concern however will not return to the nation this 12 months, Tour chief Steve Simon mentioned.

Former doubles world primary Peng’s wellbeing grew to become a priority for the WTA after she posted a message on social media final November accusing China’s former Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault.

The publish was subsequently eliminated and Peng disappeared from public view for 3 weeks.

The following month, the WTA suspended all of its tournaments in China, a choice anticipated to value the elite ladies’s tour tons of of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in broadcasting and sponsorship.

“We remain dedicated to finding a resolution to this,” Simon instructed The Tennis Podcast.

“We need to discover a resolution that Peng may be comfy with, the Chinese authorities may be comfy with, and we may be comfy with.

“We are not about strolling away from China. We have suspended our operations there proper now. We will proceed to try this till we get to a resolution.

“We will stay resolute. We do hope to be back there in 2023 with the resolution that shows progress was made in the space. That’s a victory for the world if we can accomplish that.”

Peng, who had already successfully retired from skilled tennis, made an look on the Winter Olympics in Beijing in February and denied she had accused anybody of sexual assault, including that she herself had deleted the social media publish.

The WTA, nonetheless, caught to its demand for a proper investigation into Peng’s allegations and a chance to meet together with her privately to talk about the scenario.

“We have not had any recent communication with Peng and the world has not seen Peng since the Olympics either,” Simon mentioned.

“I do not suppose you’ll make change in this world by strolling away from points. You have to create change.

“It might not be everything we want. But we have to find a solution that finds that balance that allows us to go back and see progress in the area.”

The WTA has but to announce its 2022 calendar for occasions after the USĀ Open Grand Slam in September, however Simon mentioned the governing physique would announce a “fairly solid” autumn schedule throughout the subsequent two or three weeks.

While there was indicators of collaboration between the ATP Tour and the WTA for the reason that begin of the COVID-19 pandemic, the boys’s Tour has not withdrawn its presence from China and can host 4 tournaments in the nation this season.

Simon mentioned he revered the ATP’s place.

“Their difference is that … they don’t have a member that’s affected there,” Simon added. “They can have to make their very own choices at this level of time.

“Would we love to have their support on what we are standing for there and the issues? Absolutely. But we are not trying to influence their decision in any way, it has to be theirs.”

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